In our pre-Christmas roundtable, we explore some unranked players who might factor in to our final top 100.
Between the numerous tournaments and regular season games we'll attend this season, players coast to coast will have an opportunity to make an impact.
Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington check with four names to remember over the next few months:
ED: The guy who sticks out to me is James Palmer. After seeing his physical development and the growth in his game at the National Hoops Festival, I think he's a top-100 prospect. In the summer he impressed with his jump shot, and last weekend it was with his strong drives and finishes at the rim. He has good size for two guard spot at 6-4, plus a long set of arms and good athleticism. Miami stole one out of DC.
BS: For me, it is Kelan Martin. He is a kid who I really like, and I thought earned his way in during the summer. At the end of the day he puts the ball in the basket almost as well as anybody in the country, and I just think he is the type of matchup problem forward that is so valuable in college basketball. I know he needs to improve his conditioning and defense, but I really think Martin is someone who will have a big impact early in his college career, and is somebody who could earn his way into the top 100 after the high school year.
JG: I would definitely go with Long Beach Millikan small forward Malik Marquetti. A kid who just wasn't seen much before a year ago, Marquetti has quickly proven himself as someone who should be recruited at the high-major level. Marquetti is 6-5 with very long arms, has a terrific motor, rebounds and passes very well, defends multiple positions, can get to the basket, has a floater and while he's more of a shot maker than a shooter, he will hit his fair of jumpers a game. USC has already offered and expect more high majors to join the Trojans before it's all said and done.
RH: I have my eye on Cincinnati-bound forward Gary Clark. I liked him all summer with CP3 and generally appreciate the contributions that utility forwards can provide. He isn't a classically skilled scorer but makes so many things happen in transition that I think those qualities will translate to the AAC. He went for 34 points and 15 rebounds this week in a big game locally, and I think he warrants close consideration for the lower top 100.